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Thread: Central Arunachal Self-drive Exploratory Expedition, end March 2012

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    Yingkiong to Tuting, Upper Siang, Arunachal Pradesh contd...






    As the journey continued, one of the first main village that comes is that of Janbo
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    We were searching for a tea shop, and soon met a local teacher, a Bengali from Tripura, who in that village school doubles up as multi-subject teacher. He also runs a Sumo service and had diesel, so tanked up around 10 L out here. We had a great talk here with this gentleman settled now settled in Arunachal.

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    And from here a local requested a pickup to his farm by the riverside somewhere some 10 km further - and had some good chat about Jhum cultivation and this and that.
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    And our journey continued. It had been raining here for the past 7 days
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    Soon caught with the first traffic on this route till now. A convoy of Army trucks lumbering along that jungle track of a road. Coming from Jengging they are headed to Tuting, and then to Gelling LAC.
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    This journey had that rainforest track drive feeling!
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    As long as there exists a single road, I am okay. Now suddenly this jungle track of a road bifurcates - thought to wait here and ask the military trucks when they come, but after overtaking them they were quite some time behind. Some tyre marks went on the down road and took that one
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    The milestone confirms it to our relief after some distance travelled

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    Another turn of the might River Siang - In Arunachal, Bhramaputra is known as Siang
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    and still the journey continued...
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    Tuting now 8 km away
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    So after a stupendous river cross and a drive, we enter Tuting, some 7 hours later [We stopped quite a lot as we pleased, so driving times are not indicative as such].
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    And the drill was the same. Went in search of the circuit house, one room was there but flatly was refused by the caretaker - said he has no powers to give, the keys are at police station since this is a sensitive area. To bring the keys, we need to have some permission from the the circle officer, who most luckily was there and was just about to go out. Permission given and room given, and as dusk fell we soon retired early - it has been a fantastic day of drive starting with that boat ride.

    Tomorrow we plan to go further, towards Gelling, literally on the India-China LAC.




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    Let's compare the River turn pics seen on this travel


    Mighty River Siyom, Interior West Siang, Central Arunachal. River Siyom or Yomgo is formed by joining of River Yom and Go. Siyom joins Siang at Pangin.
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    Mighty River Siang, Interior Upper Siang, Central Arunachal. Siang is also known as Dihang.

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    Another place and another turn of the mighty River Siang - In Arunachal, Bhramaputra is known as Siang

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    Tuting to Gelling, Upper Siang, Arunachal - and back to Tuting.


    The day at Tuting started with some drama. Tuting has a patchy BSNL mobile connection. With my haste departure for this trip, i get a call from one of my good friend that my work situation is not good, a main client cannot contact me for long now and things were going down. My good friend said he would manage my mail for a day or two, but I had to be on the internet for something more substantial. And so as the situation has developed, had to cancel the 3 days that I planned for Tuting - wanted to do a trek to the most interior yet magnificent Bishing falls.

    As things stood then, today we drive to Gelling, come to Tuting, leave early tomorrow for a massive drive direct to Pasighat and hopefully get a GPRS connection and save the work - after all something has to be there to get going again! So Bishing and its trek would wait for another travel.


    After some overcast days, it was a great sunny morning at Tuting. Safari VTT in front of circuit house.
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    And we set off - being a forward post area - some interesting lines on the boulders.
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    Some of the words seen: Trust but Verify. Be innovative. Know your Enemy. Stand firm Strike hard. Stick to the Basic. Bring Glory in War. Karo ya Maro. Practice Frugality. Naam Namak Nishaan. Respect all Suspect all.


    Siang between Tuting and Gelling
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    And a tiny village enroute
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    No lizards, but the name is interesting.
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    And we moved on..
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    And sure this was once an interesting meeting place with all the chairs and tables!
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    Gelling almost there as we could Siang straight ahead as it entered India behind those mountains.
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    Gelling is the last Circle HQ, which is attached to the International Boundary of China. The famous MacMohan Line touches this circle. It is 34 KMs from Tuting. Half of the road has been converted into all weather road by BRTF and rest half is to be covered by foot track. River Tsangpo enters here from Tibet and is locally named Tsang Chu, which is further named river Siang in the South and Bramhaputra in Assam. Memba, a Nyingma Sect. of Mahayana Buddhist inhabits Gelling Cricle. Lossar, Torgya, Dhruba and Tsobum are the main festivals of Memba's. The festivals are celebrated according to the Buddhist Calendar. During these festivals, BARDOH CHAAM popularly known as Mask Dance is performed at the Gonpas. Dancers wear the mask of animals. The prime theme of the dance is to depict victory of good over evil and also to show the importance and preservation of all living creatures.

    There is a 5 hours trekking from Gelling to Bishing where a series of beautiful cataract falls down from mountain above 300 feet. The remnants of Kapangla Pass is still present near Gelling. Earlier, this pass was the main trade route for Adis and Tibet.

    The road ends at Gelling, and we come across the first citizen of this tiny border village.
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    We are now at Gelling, where the road ends. Soldiers do a short yet strenuous trek as needed.

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    Bishing falls from Gelling village. This I was supposed to trek to, it takes a whole day journey to go and come back - as said had to leave it out due to work situation
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    We were almost at LAC. Siang enters from India after the turn behind from the first row of mountains. The far mountains are of Tibet, China.
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    At Gelling, last village on the India-China LAC of Upper Siang.
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    Gelling village, the MacMahon line is just beyond this mountain. Army people trek up to the forward posts of LAC
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    Gelling helipad
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    Had a great discussion with a local gentleman about Gelling, LAC, Bishing and Kapangla pass. Its a bit long but with bits of information about the various geographical points




    So again with no trek to the falls, but definitely will be back here once again for that, we depart Gelling for Tuting again after one last look of River Siang.
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    As we leave this village and see the Army jawan searching for a mobile connection for a talk with home, I cannot but think again about how badly now I need a gprs connection by tomorrow to save my work situation!
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